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Program Details


The Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) underwrites the cost of education and exposes the student to a corporate work environment and positive influences of the supervising professionals. In exchange, employers that participate in CWSP receive high quality cost-effective workers and get to play an active role in students' future success.



How does it work?

Four students share one full-time job, with each student working five full days per month. They are transported to and from work each day, and work standard daily business hours.

Each student is pre-trained in effective communication and professional business skills by Dale Carnegie© trainers. The training prepares students to perform such tasks as filing, copying, faxing, delivering interoffice mail, assembling information packets, very basic data entry, reception, and general "go-for" duties.

Since students are employees of CWSP, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School provides each corporate participant with continuous support of ou committed staff supervisors.

The program follows the school year, running annually from Labor Day through the third week of June, and corporate sponsors often choose to continue students' employment through the summer months.

In a recent survey of some of the leading companies in the Twin Cities, supervisors of Cristo Rey Jesuit H.S. students rated heir job performance:

Student Work Performance

Benefits to the Corporate Participants

  • Make a difference in the local community and significantly impact a young person’s life.
  • Meet your diversity objectives now and improve them by exposing Cristo Rey Jesuit H.S. students to your field of work.
  • Build morale in the workplace and attract the new generation of employees who are looking for socially responsible employers.
  • Attract Cristo Rey Network alumni by being a Cristo Rey friendly company.
  • Receive exceptional value of work performed by previously trained students.
  • Do not worry about permanent commitment, as students are employees of CWSP, not the client companies.
  • Receive hassle free payroll, I-9, Workers’ Compensation, FICA, FUTA and other employer issues because it is handled by the CWSP staff.

What our Corporate Sponsors say

“Irvin has always amazed me on how quickly he focuses all attention to the tasks given to him." ~Derek, Hilton Bloomington

"Kiara’s ability to absorb information and execute tasks efficiently has made her a trustworthy and valuable asset to our department. She takes ownership of her work and can always be trusted to get the job done correctly, on time and always with a positive attitude. I really admire the way she seizes each opportunity to learn and build relationships with her coworkers.” ~Kelly, Ryan Companies US, Inc.

“Jestine is a delight to work with. It has been a joy these last 2.5 years to be her supervisor and I am greatly looking forward to seeing her succeed.” ~Kallie, Gray Plant Mooty

“Ravin comes every week with a smile and a positive can do attitude, ready to work and then staying busy throughout the day. She has won the hearts of her team workers and they look forward to her working with them.” ~Marlene, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

What's in it for students?

  • Students receive a college prep education while acquiring excellent work experience and marketable job skills.
  • Academic schedules allow students to underwrite more than half of total education cost without ever missing class.
  • They learn to take responsibility and grow in self-respect.
  • Students are able to explore their interests and discover real possibilities for adulthood, college, and careers.
  • They become comfortable in a corporate work environment.

CWSP Partners

Session 4's winners are exceptional. From among the 9th graders and 10th graders, Joshua Crespo Arreola '16 of Optum earned the recognition and also Jeffery Hudson '14 of Convey from among the 11th and 12th graders.
Thanks to the collaboration of World Without Genocide, a local nonprofit advocacy organization, we were excited to host our first social justice conference, a genocide awareness event called "Spirit of '94: Genocide Education, Advocacy, & Action." The event was in remembrance of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The hope of the conference was twofold—increase awareness of genocide and promote action here in the Twin Cities.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Twin Cities    •    2924 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408    •    612-545-9700

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